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Sony Xperia teaser hints at big changes at MWC 2018

Sony Xperia teaser hints at big changes at MWC 2018

MWC 2018 is almost upon us, and though we've pretty much seen what the Galaxy S9 will look like, Sony's Xperia efforts at the show are a lot more mysterious. The phone-maker has had mixed results with its Android devices in recent years, at least when it comes to the US. Still, a new Xperia teaser suggests it could be worth paying attention to Sony in 2018.

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Best mid-range Android phones for 2018

Best mid-range Android phones for 2018

MWC 2018 is almost upon us and so are the next generation of smartphones. Some of them will be quite drool-worthy, but many will probably be beyond reach, both in time and in budget. If you’re in need of a new mobile partner soon and your resources are a bit stretched thin, there are still some Android phones for you. And you won’t even have to compromise that much. Here are some of the best mid-range, wallet-friendly phones that you can actually buy now instead of waiting for a few months.

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PS Store flash sale brings insane PlayStation game discounts

PS Store flash sale brings insane PlayStation game discounts

Sony has just launched a new PlayStation Network flash sale, giving its console owners the chance to get their favorite game (or four) at big discounts over their regular costs. Some of the discounts are very big, bringing fifty-dollar games down to sub-$20 price points, for example. The company has also tossed some game passes and similar content into the mix.

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Xperia XA1 Oreo to remove only Night Light mode on Sony phones

Xperia XA1 Oreo to remove only Night Light mode on Sony phones

There has been a spate of awareness and push for “blue light filters” on mobile devices when studies and articles popped up talking about the harmful effects of screens, especially their blue light, on our overall health. But while some platform makers did implement built-in “night modes” on their operating systems, the situation on Android, unsurprisingly, is less clear-cut. Sony Xperia phones, for example, don’t have one, except for the Xperia XA1 models. That, however, will unfortunately change when they receive their Oreo update.

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PlayStation VR headset and bundles get huge discounts starting Sunday

PlayStation VR headset and bundles get huge discounts starting Sunday

Remember the big PSVR deals Sony's rolled out for Black Friday and Christmas? The company is back with even more, offering its standalone virtual reality headset at the sub-$200 price point. The deal starts in a few days and will continue to run through March 3, giving all PlayStation 4 owners (original console through Pro) the chance to get the maker's VR gear at a big discount.

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Venom trailer 1 revealed: Still just a teaser

Venom trailer 1 revealed: Still just a teaser

With Black Panther coming up next week and Avengers: Infinity War not far behind it, you'd be forgiven if you forgot that Sony is working on a standalone movie starring Venom. We are reminded that such a movie is in development with the arrival of its first teaser trailer today. The teaser gives us our first peek at Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock, a journalist who eventually becomes Venom, antihero and occasional Spider-Man archvillian.

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PlayStation 4 firmware 5.50 beta released: Here’s what’s inside

PlayStation 4 firmware 5.50 beta released: Here’s what’s inside

We're closing in on the launch of the next PlayStation 4 system software update. Like all the updates that came before it, this will add a bevy of new features and quality of life improvements to the PS4. Today, we're getting a better idea of what will be added, as Sony has detailed some of the incoming features while at the same time launching PS4 5.50's beta on a large scale.

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PS4 Gold wireless headset is actually black

PS4 Gold wireless headset is actually black

This week the folks at Sony have released their latest in wireless headphone gear with the GOLD Wireless Headset for PS4. This device is a pair of headphones with an extremely simple design and an ever-so-slightly confusing title. They aren't actually gold in color, they're gold in performance - AKA good.

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PS4 update 5.50 could save you an expensive upgrade

PS4 update 5.50 could save you an expensive upgrade

Back in January, Sony opened up sign ups for a new PlayStation 4 system software beta test. This new update will bring the PS4's firmware to version 5.50, and if it's anything like previous system software updates, it should offer its share of big, new features. While Sony didn't talk about what was coming with version 5.50 when it opened up beta sign ups, today we're hearing about one of them thanks to some folks who have already been accepted into the beta test.

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Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai steps down, Kenichiro Yoshida taking over

Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai steps down, Kenichiro Yoshida taking over

Sony has had a very mixed past five years. It managed to hold on to a saturated and stagnating TV market but lost its PC business. It fended off Microsoft in the console wars, only for both of them to be upstaged by the Nintendo Switch. And let’s not even go into its mobile business. It’s all in a day’s work for Kazuo Hirai, who took the helm back in 2012. But now that the company is about to embark on the last stage of his corporate plan, Hirai is stepping down and passing the torch to CFO Kenichiro Yoshida.

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Xperia Android upgrade policy detailed

Xperia Android upgrade policy detailed

The software update landscape in Android is a messy one, to put it nicely, part of the effects of fragmentation. Not only do OEMs have different speeds in pushing out updates, they also have different policies when it comes to coverage periods. Majority of the OEMs, save for Google unsurprisingly, don’t exactly have these policies written down for reference. Bucking that trend, Sony now more or less clarifies for how long its phones are going to be supported by updates, and it’s not all good news.

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Here’s your PlayStation Plus free games list for February

Here’s your PlayStation Plus free games list for February

We find ourselves on the final day of January, which means that a fresh batch of PlayStation Plus games will be here before you know it. Today Sony detailed what's in store for PlayStation Plus members during the month of February. As always, there's something for all PS Plus users here, regardless of your platform of choice (though, similarly, PS4 players tend to get a little extra love, and that's no different next month).

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